TAUNTON Town take their unbeaten run at the start of the 2020/21 season into a mouth-watering FA Cup clash with arch-rivals Tiverton Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The Peacocks maintained their undefeated record with a home win over Walton Casuals on Saturday, and then a 1-1 draw away to Truro City on Tuesday night.

Truro are much-fancied for promotion this season, with Taunton head of football Rob Dray telling the County Gazette: “We would have taken a point before the start and, while there was some disappointment among our lads at the end, Truro are a good side with a lot of good players, so I’m very proud of our performance.

“Our first-half showing, away from home, when we really took the game to them and played like the home team was testament to our boys - they put everything on the line.

“We’ve very happy [with our unbeaten start to the season], and there’s really good signs that we’re gelling well as a side.”

Their ability to keep gelling will be tested in two big matches this week, with tomorrow’s FA Cup second round qualifying tie at Tiverton (3pm) followed by a league match at home to Salisbury on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Dray hopes to welcome back midfielder Lee Lucas, who is nearing full fitness after a foot injury, and added: “Our lads will turn up and do their job [at Tiverton].

“Both clubs have much changed squads, so there’s less familiarity there, but if we play anything like we did [at Truro] it’s going to be tough for anyone to beat us.

“We have a lot of games in a short period of time, so the key is getting enough rest and not spreading ourselves too thin.”